Tuesday, April 21, 2009

La Mer Fluid Foundation & blog sales

I purchased the La Mer Fluid Foundation a while back from Fuz's blog sale:


Official product description:

Engineered with weightless color and La Mer’s remarkable skincare benefits, this silken, lightweight fluid has the power to transform the complexion. Gemstones capture light energy to create a translucent color palette, optically erasing imperfections to reveal a naturally flawless complexion.

Created with a rare blue algae transformed through La Mer's exclusive bio-fermentation process, a Blue Algae Lift Ferment along with precious marine and plant actives immediately add radiance while working continuously to lift the skin, restoring a lasting firmness, clarity and brightness. Skin’s ability to renew itself is greatly enhanced as it is trained to sustain a smoother, softer, more resilient appearance. Flexible medium coverage brings skin a naturally luminous finish. Protects with SPF15.


It comes in a heavy glass pump bottle with a white cap. The shade I got was 01 Creme.

Texture is thick and creamy, it is definitely a foundation made for dry to normal skin. Oiler skintypes would find this too heavy. I noticed it also takes a while to dry down, which makes it difficult (in my opinion) to apply a setting powder. In fact I don't think it ever fully dries, because it always stains my powder/blush brush afterward...so I just use cream blushes instead of powder ones with this product.

Due to the creamy texture it provides a lot of coverage. However it also tends to feel and look a bit heavy on your skin. The product also tends to look very dewy, probably because of the thick texture, and because it never fully dries.

Its quite good at covering redness, but I noticed that it doesn't really hide or minimize my pores. As for the colour match of Creme, I find its a bit too dark - it makes my face slightly darker compared with my neck. Guess if I ever repurchase this product I'll go with Ivory, their lightest shade.

It does claim to have SPF 15. I think SPF in cosmetics is negligible since you aren't supposed to pile it on as much as moisturizer, so I'm not too excited by that.

Here's a look at the coverage of the foundation:




I must emphasize though that even though it looks alright in photos, in real life the foundation definitely looks a bit heavy on my skin.

Great coverage
Dewy look
Supposed to have skin care benefits

Pricey (US retail price $85)
Difficult to apply powder products afterward
Can look oily on oilier skin types
Heavy look

Its a fairly mediocre product - sure it covers well, but then it still gives a heavy look and just doesn't seem to dry! For the price, I'm sure there are cheaper alternatives that would do the job better without feeling overly heavy.


Blog sales/swaps:

I've updated my blog sale with a free shipping offer - spend at least $30 on 2 items or more and you'll get free shipping anywhere in the world :)

Also I've been perusing some other blog sales lately, its kind of a nice feeling knowing you got something for cheaper. Check out some more blog sales from other bloggers:

Cris (swap only)
Jojos (swap only)
Chiara (sale or swap)
Portrait of a Lady
Autumn Masquerade
Lotus Palace

Happy shopping!


AskMeWhats said...

heavy foundation is NO NO for me!!!

♡ Nic Nic ♡ said...

thanks for the review ! la mer 's price is always out of my price range, doubt i would have paid that much for a foundation tbh. looks good on you tho!

Edna said...

Wow! Your skin looked absolutely flawless with the foundation on! :)

Jamilla Camel said...

Your skin looks fab in the photo but I know what you mean about that heavy feeling in daylight...I had the same issue with Diorskin Forever foundation...it looked great in a photo, but to heavy for daylight.

Good luck in your search!

Lisa said...

The second photo nearly sold me on the product because it really covers redness but the third photo seems kinda oily.

Angie said...

Oooh blog sales. I so want to indulge!

I agree, La Mer's foundation can look heavy in real life. I think it's still rather natural looking though, but isn't it a strange consistency?!

fuzkittie said...

Good review! I can't remember exactly if it dried on my skin... hahaha. But yea it's a bit dark for me after I started using whitening serums...

Cris said...

Thanks for mentioning my blog ^_^!
I sent your stuff out :D. I hope it reaches you soon :).

The Faux Fashionista said...

Hmm, guess its more for mature skin? I wonder if it settles into laugh lines and such? The product description sounds so nourishing though!

Whitney & the full effect said...

wow great review!! danggg $85? ouch.

ChyiX2 said...

did I tag you or did it slip my mind?

Anastacia said...

That foundation works really well! :)

ShazreeyanaShukri said...

ur skin looks so flawless with the foundation! it covers all redness and ur skin looks healthy and glowy..but it feels a bit heavy?wow im surprised..it looks so natural in the photos..
thanks for the great review!

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